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Blame Canada: NEON Prescribes Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods”

With impressive grades from its Tribeca Film Festival showing, NEON have swooped in to grab the North American rights to a directorial debut that is being dubbed as a “nouveau” kind of Western. Starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, Nia DaCosta‘s Little Woods is the latest competition film to be plucked from the fest. We had the chance to interview the filmmaker twice – once during the Sundance Labs process, and more recently Dylan had a phoner call with the filmmaker – listen below.

Gist: This tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister.

Worth Noting: The Kickstarter funded project was supported by the Sundance Institute, the San Francisco Film Society and the Time Warner Foundation.

Do We Care?: Winner of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Nora Ephron Award, Little Woods appears to further add to the political and feminist discourse.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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